Home Irrigation System At Extreme Levels

By on September 18th, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009 13:29

blockI guess we are all familiar with water-tanks that collect rainwater and used for irrigation purposes. Each decent family probably owns one or two of those. But some people push this concept to the limits. Meet Jerry Block, a retired anesthesiologist with a interesting rainwater-collecting system, capable of accumulating an incredible 20,000 gallons of liquid in a year’s time.

20,000 gallons of water. That’s about the amount the worlds biggest, world’s largest fire extinguisher, the Supertanker, can drop over a blazing fire. Or enough water an average American would consume in 50 days (400 gallons a day, after reports from the Environmental Protection Agency). But Block set himself a challenge. He wants to be able to irrigate for a whole year his 1 acre land in Monte Sereno, California, using the collected rainwater alone ! To do this he bought an enormous – four  watertank -  system and specially created  gutters to assist him during the rainy season.


He dreams of one day using his construction for other purposes, such as for toilets, or even for drinking and showering, after fixing some filtration devices. But if you plan to take the same step he took, be prepared to reach deep into your pocket because it costs no more than $29,000. Is it really worth it ? What do you think ?

Source: Mother Nature Network


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One Response to “Home Irrigation System At Extreme Levels”

  1. Jim Poehlman says:

    October 20th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    The Airigator can collect 20,000 gallons of water per year for under $1000, and can be used even if it doesn’t rain. Taking rainwater harvesting to a new level; capturing water before it falls. Check our website. http://www.airigator.com

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